While people have many reasons for getting tattoos, people have just as many reasons for wanting to have them removed down the road. The old methods of tattoo removal were time-intensive and often resulted in scarring. Fortunately, thanks to advancements in laser technology, tattoos can be significantly lightened and reduced safely today with the help of your dermatologist.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
The lasers used to remove tattoos can precisely target ink in the skin, allowing for non-invasive and effective removal of unwanted tattoos. During treatment, the laser works by emitting a focused beam of laser light that passes through the skin’s outer layer. The ink particles absorb the light from the laser, breaking the pigment into smaller particles that are eventually removed by the body’s natural healing processes.
Following a series of laser treatments, the ink particles are gradually faded from the skin. The number of treatment sessions required for optimal results varies according to the size, location, color, and depth of the tattoo. Some only require a few laser sessions, while others require multiple treatments.
If you’re having second thoughts about a tattoo or want to learn more about laser tattoo removal, talk to your dermatologist and find out if laser tattoo removal is right for you.
Thanks to laser hair removal, removing your unwanted hair is easier and less painful than ever. However, you may have some questions as to how exactly this procedure works and if it is right for you, as understanding the treatment can help you decide if laser hair removal is your best option. Learn more about laser hair removal and what it could mean for you by reading below, and if you are interested in undergoing treatment, contact Dr. Alan Rockoff at The Rockoff Dermatology Center with offices in Brookline, MA, and Andover, MA.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal uses light energy pulsed over the skin to remove hair. The hair absorbs the light’s energy, which then damages the hair follicle and prevents it from producing hair. The procedure is often described as feeling like a rubber band snapping on the skin, however, patients often report that, while slightly uncomfortable, their laser hair removal treatments are not painful. Laser hair removal requires several sessions to successfully prevent hair growth altogether.
Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?
Since the laser used in the process uses the contrast of color between skin and hair, good candidates for laser hair removal are fair skinned and have darker unwanted hair. A good candidate for laser hair removal is also in good health and able to undergo the procedure. Candidates should understand that results vary from person to person and have realistic expectations for their end results.
Laser Hair Removal Treatments in Brookline, MA, and Andover, MA
If you think you can benefit from laser hair removal, you should ensure that it is the best treatment option for you by contacting Dr. Alan Rockoff at The Rockoff Dermatology Center. Call (978) 475-9230 to schedule your appointment in Brookline or (617) 731-2390 to schedule your appointment in Andover today!
Though the fountain of youth is a myth, looking younger can help you feel younger, too. Cosmetic procedures like Botox can help ensure that your outward appearance reflects your inner self. With help from your dermatologist, you can minimize the appearance of unwanted lines and wrinkles and smooth your complexion to help you look and feel great. Learn more about Botox and how it can help your unwanted lines or wrinkles by reading below. If you are interested in the procedure, make sure to contact Dr. Alan Rockoff at The Rockoff Dermatology Center with offices in Brookline, MA, and Andover, MA.
How does Botox work?
Botox uses a chemical called Clostridium botulinum to freeze the muscles which lie under the facial skin. This process helps the skin relax and smooth out, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also preventing the skin from moving, which helps counter new wrinkles from forming.
Is Botox safe?
Botox is FDA-approved and considered safe for use. Doctors have used Botox for many years and it has proven to be a trustworthy and effective answer to unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. Botox treatments last only minutes and involve your dermatologist using a super-fine needle to administer the Botox into the facial skin, helping reduce irritation.
Can Botox help me?
Botox is recommended for adults that are over 18 years old and in good general health. Additionally, a good candidate for Botox should not be allergic to certain medications or chemicals. Finally, candidates should have realistic expectations for their results and understand that Botox requires touch-up appointments to maintain the facial skin’s appearance.
Botox Treatments in Brookline, MA, and Andover, MA
If you think Botox could be suitable for you, consulting with your dermatologist can help you determine if you are correct. For more information on Botox, please contact Dr. Alan Rockoff at The Rockoff Dermatology Center with offices in Brookline, MA, and Andover, MA.
Fraxel laser treatment offers an effective, non-invasive way to reduce signs of aging, fade age spots and scars, and improve skin texture. Andover and Brookline, MA, dermatologists Drs. Alan Rockoff and Katherine Fening help their patients care for their skin with Fraxel laser therapy and other cosmetic skin treatments.
How does Fraxel laser treatment work?
Fraxel treatments target deep layers of the skin with pinpoint accuracy, yet don't harm healthy cells surrounding the treated area. The laser light destroys damaged skin cells, spurs the body to produce healthy replacement cells and increases collagen production. Because treatments only target a small fraction of skin cells, the surface of the skin remains undamaged.
When is Fraxel treatment recommended?
Your Andover or Brookline dermatologist may recommend the laser treatment if you have:
- Dark skin patches or age spots
- Sun damage
- Acne scars
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Surgical scars
- Acitinic keratosis
What happens during and after Fraxel treatment?
Numbing cream applied before your treatment ensures that you remain comfortable during the treatment. Although you may notice a little warmth when the laser light is activated, the device offers an integrated cooling effect that is very helpful. Treatment time varies depending on the number of areas to be treated, but generally takes about an hour.
Although it usually takes a little while to see significant results, you'll notice that your skin soon begins to look smoother, firmer and brighter after a treatment or two. Collagen regeneration doesn't happen instantaneously but takes a few months to occur. By the third or fourth month after treatment, you'll probably see a noticeable change in your appearance.
Your skin may be red and swollen immediately after your treatment. Redness may last for a few days or few weeks, depending on your skin type. It's important to use sunscreen to protect your skin and prevent new damage. Most people need four to six treatments monthly laser treatments for best results. Yearly follow-up treatments can help you maintain your appearance.
Improve your skin with Fraxel laser treatment! Schedule an appointment with Drs. Alan Rockoff and Katherine Fening by calling (978) 475-9230 for the Andover, MA, office or (617) 731-2390 for the Brookline office. Fraxel laser treatment is only offered in the Brookline office.
Improving your appearance can be as simple as activating your skin's natural repair function with Rejuvapen Micro Needling treatment. The innovative treatment requires no downtime and is an excellent choice whether you want to reduce signs of aging, make scars less noticeable or decrease hyperpigmentation. Dermatologists Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening of The Rockoff Dermatology Center offer the treatment in their Brookline and Andover, MA, offices.
How does Rejuvapen Micro Needling work?
The Rejuvapen device pierces the skin with tiny microneedles that penetrate the epidermis (thinner, outer layer of skin) and dermis (thicker, inner layer). After your treatment, your skin produces more elastin and collagen as it begins to repair the perforations in your skin. Increased production of collagen and elastin has a very beneficial effect on the firmness and elasticity of your skin and can help you look more youthful. Although the needles penetrate your skin, they're so small that you won't notice any perforations when you look in the mirror. Most people require at least two treatments, given about two weeks apart.
Are Rejuvapen Micro Needling treatments a good choice for me?
Rejuvapen treatments can:
- Firm, lift and tighten skin
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve the texture and tone of your skin
- Decrease the size of large pores
- Minimize acne and other types of scars
- Fade dark spots on the skin
- Make crow's feet less noticeable
- Smooth lines around the lips
Rejuvapen Micro Needling is frequently used on the face, but can also be used to improve the appearance of your neck, chest, legs and arms. The treatment is effective on all types of skin.
Will I notice a change in my appearance immediately?
Although your body will immediately begin to produce new collagen and elastin, it will take a while until you notice a change in the way you look. By the fourth or fifth week after treatment, you'll probably notice that your skin looks a little firmer, wrinkles have diminished or that scars have become less prominent. It generally takes about three or four months to experience the full effects of the treatment.
Improve your appearance with Rejuvapen Micro Needling treatments at The Rockoff Dermatology Center. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening by calling (617) 731-2390 for the Brookline, MA, office or (978) 475-9230 for the Andover, MA, office.
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